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Maggie's Man: Family Secrets, Book 1 | [Lisa Gardner]

Maggie's Man: Family Secrets, Book 1

When shy and reserved Maggie Ferringer is called for jury duty, she never expects to be kidnapped by an escaped convict. But when Cain Cannon, disguised as a prison guard, pulls a gun, she has no choice but to be taken hostage. Cain claims that he’s innocent of killing his girlfriend six years ago, and now he wants revenge on the people who put him behind bars. Soon Maggie becomes more than just a hostage to Cain. As they slowly begin to share the secrets of their respective pasts, Maggie discovers that she wants to fight for Cain’s freedom - because he just might be the kind of man she can love.
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Publisher's Summary

Three siblings searching for the truth about their family are about to find more than they bargained for. . . .

When shy and reserved Maggie Ferringer is called for jury duty, she never expects to be kidnapped by an escaped convict. But when Cain Cannon, disguised as a prison guard, pulls a gun, she has no choice but to be taken hostage. Cain claims that he’s innocent of killing his girlfriend six years ago, and now he wants revenge on the people who put him behind bars.

Soon Maggie becomes more than just a hostage to Cain. As they slowly begin to share the secrets of their respective pasts, Maggie discovers that she wants to fight for Cain’s freedom - because he just might be the kind of man she can love.

©1997 Lisa Baumgartner (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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"Lisa Gardner's work has the chills and thrills to excite, and the heart to draw you in." (Sandra Brown)

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    Pamela Sonoma, CA, United States 12-15-13
    Pamela Sonoma, CA, United States 12-15-13 Member Since 2013
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    "disappointing, soft core porn"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better story and better narration. The Cain character is interesting but not fleshed out enough, and the Maggie character is just ridiculous.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The second in the series, since I already purchased it.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kate Rudd’s performances?

    maybe, but not too soon.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    the story could make an interesting stage play?


    Any additional comments?

    I love Lisa Gardner's previous books, and this has none of the suspense, terror, or well drawn characters her previous works have. The story is disappointingly straightforward, the Maggie character as well as her narration are terrible, and there are parts that I are just soft core porn in disguise. Very disappointing all around.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carola OberurselGermany 12-10-13
    Carola OberurselGermany 12-10-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Too Much Bodice- and Boxer-Ripping"
    What did you like best about Maggie's Man? What did you like least?

    Lisa Gardner's mysteries are usually among my favorites, but the Family Secrets series does not meet her usual high standards. Maggie''s Man was apparently written during the early days of Gardner's career, when she had not yet found her proper voice. This book has far too much panting, moaning and underwear-shedding for my taste.


    Would you recommend Maggie's Man to your friends? Why or why not?

    No - too embarrassing.


    Any additional comments?

    Give me more plot and fewer long, drawn-out sex scenes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A. Avins 10-10-13
    A. Avins 10-10-13

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    "Great Story Line & Narration"

    I really enjoyed this book. I've listened to several of Lisa Gardner's books, and this had a very different story line then most. She took this story full circle, and I really enjoyed the characters, the thought process the Writer had, and the way it ended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kristie Clarksville, TN, United States 08-13-13
    Kristie Clarksville, TN, United States 08-13-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Lisa Gardner couldn't have penned this!"
    Would you try another book from Lisa Gardner and/or Kate Rudd?

    I would give a book written solely by Lisa Gardner another chance. However, the characters in this book were so very disappointing that I would not waste my credits or money on another Lisa Gardner collaboration.


    Has Maggie's Man turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    Have you listened to any of Kate Rudd’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    What character would you cut from Maggie's Man?

    None, I would simply make them have more common sense. From the description I just knew I would love the heroine with her sweet innocence and the hero, a compassionate "bad boy." I was wrong. The heroine was silly, just silly. The hero was disappointingly spineless. Every time the heroine made an incredibly silly demand, request, plea, whatever, his reaction was almost, "what's a person to do?" For example, she had just promised to do what he asked, be cooperative, in exchange for him stopping to help a stranded couple, when she broke her promise. He said, "stay in the car," she immediately gets out of the car. Instead of reminding her, "hey, what happened to 'I'll be cooperative?" he basically mentally shook his head. Her actions lead to all kinds of bad repercussions. At this point, I had read enough of her silly, self-centered, I'll do whatever I want regardless of the impact on anyone else. I just wasn't interested in even finding out how our hero resolved the myriad of issues he was facing. Again, these characters were such a departure from what I have come to love in Lisa's books.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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